#65 Kin Shop
Kale and jackfruit salad
A vast portion of crunchy kale with small pieces of crispy tofu, young coconut, sliced onion and fresh cherry tomatoes. Dressed in a creamy but spicy ghost chili vinaigrette.
Steamed Bouchot mussels
Delicious steamed mussels in a Siamese green curry broth. Accented with bright hits of lime and garnished with a generous handful of sharp cilantro to add additional punch.
Stir-fried pork belly with pad see ew noodles
While not the most imaginative, this dish was wonderfully satisfying. Lots of hearty, flat noodles (not homemade, unfortunately) in a rich, salty, fish sauce. Delicious, fatty pieces of pork belly, muddled with thin slices of shaved asparagus, Thai broccoli raab and a duck egg.
Braised skate and calamari
A word of warning, if you order this delicious dish, make sure to take the rice that accompanies it - the broth is extremely spicy. Small mouthfuls of flaky skate alongside chewy calamari. Served with wilted bok choy, pickled green peppercorns in a potent jungle curry.
Coconut cream cake $9
This fluffy vanilla coconut cake was a bit too dry for our liking. Despite the menu’s promise, we couldn’t detect the kaffir lime syrup. The excess of sugary icing didn’t help.
Galangal ice cream and lychee sorbet
Delicious, light ice cream and sorbet. Bright and crisp flavors were remarkably tasty and quite refreshing. Definitely some of the most enjoyable ice cream I’ve had so far.
At Kin Shop, Chef Harold Dieterle offers flavorful, intelligently crafted Thai fare. It’s not simple curries or hearty noodles but elegant, complex dishes that showcase the tighter side of Thai cuisine in imaginative ways. You can choose between meat and fish, mild and spicy, each time feeling satisfied that you’ve made the right choice. Of course, it’s not fine dining but that’s not what he aims to offer.
As far as the atmosphere, the vibe is very casual. The space is pretty crowded and the noise levels are rather high (having an especially intimate conversation might be tricky). The service can either be warm and friendly or surprisingly rude. Overall, however, the food more than makes up for this. Head on over and enjoy!
Note: We got the restaurant week menu for a very reasonable $35 per person.
469 6th Ave.